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Distributed Autonomous Robotic Systems 2024

Perspective Talks

Prof. Sabine Hauert, Bristol University

Prof. Sabine Hauert

Sabine Hauert is Associate Professor (Reader) of Swarm Engineering at the University of Bristol in the UK. Her research focusses on making swarms for people, and across scales, from nanorobots for cancer treatment, to larger robots for environmental monitoring, or logistics. Before joining the University of Bristol, Sabine engineered swarms of nanoparticles for cancer treatment at MIT, and deployed swarms of flying robots at EPFL.

Sabine is also President and Co-founder of, and executive trustee of, two non-profits dedicated to connecting the robotics and AI communities to the public.

As an expert in science communication with 10 years of experience, Sabine is often invited to discuss the future of robotics and AI, including in the journal Nature, at the European Parliament, and at the Royal Society. Her work has been featured in mainstream media including BBC, CNN, The Guardian, The Economist, TEDx, WIRED, and New Scientist.


Prof. Mark Yim, University of Pennsylvania

Prof. Mark Yim
Mark Yim is Director of the University of Pennsylvania GRASP Laboratory and the Faculty Director for the Design Studio at Venture Lab at The Wharton School, as well as the Faculty Associate Director of Penn Health-Tech, and the Asa Whitney Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics at the University of Pennsylvania.

He obtained a BS in Engineering Mechanics from Johns Hopkins University in 1987 and attended Stanford University where he completed an MS and PhD in Mechanical Engineering. After graduating from Stanford, he joined a startup company (Virtual Technologies) before moving to Xerox PARC, where he obtained a DARPA grant to continue his work in modular reconfigurable robots. Eventually, Dr. Yim made his move from industry to academia, coming to the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Yim is an engineer, inventor, and renowned robotics and innovation expert. His research focuses on robotics, mechanical systems and design, modular reconfigurable robots and locomotion (Polybot), MEMS and batch fabrication techniques, brute force digital time optimal control, and more.

Dr. Timothy Chung, Microsoft Autonomy and Robotics

Dr Timothy Chung
Dr. Timothy Chung joined Microsoft in March 2022 and is focused on advanced autonomy and applied robotics, doing so within the Strategic Missions and Technologies division of Microsoft, which focuses on next-generation technology solutions for government and commercial applications.

Prior to joining Microsoft, Dr. Chung served as a program manager at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Tactical Technology Office, where he led the OFFensive Swarm-Enabled Tactics program and the DARPA Subterranean (SubT) Challenge. Previously, Dr. Chung served as an Assistant Professor at the Naval Postgraduate School and Director of the Advanced Robotic Systems Engineering Laboratory (ARSENL). Dr. Chung holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Cornell University. He also earned Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology.